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Running IPv6 Hardcover – 1 Nov 2005

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About the Author

Iljitsch van Beijnum is a freelance network specialist and writer in the Netherlands. He is the author of BGP (O'Reilly, 2002) and is active within the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), especially within the Multihoming in IPv6 (multi6) working group.

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This book seems to be a pretty comprehensive "jumpstart" into IPv6. It covers the rationale for IPv6, before diving into a fairly thorough walk-through of configuring systems for IPv6, from host addressing and routing and on to applications. There are also good chapter on IPv6 internals, for those interested, and security.

The book is mostly practical, focused on the operational issues of IPv6 primarily, providing both the background of understanding and, usually, configuration examples of the (many) technologies discussed. The book is also sprinkled with interesting digressions, helpfully boxed off to avoid distracting from the main content. For those already familiar with IPv6, the book won't be too interesting. Even so it covers so many technologies and platforms (e.g. 6to4 configuration for various platforms) there may still be useful or interesting information, particularly in the background provided.

For those needing to get to speed quickly on IPv6, this book may give a comprehensive, yet concise, insight into real-world IPv6 operation.

(Full Disclosure: I know the author)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for basic configuration but... 14 Aug. 2012
By Franky_Ramone - Published on
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This is a book only for configure IPv6 on devices, don't take this item if you need a source of knowledge about IPv6. The configurations on this book are good, basical and based on the experience of the author, it doesn't provide special features of IPv6 like mobile IPv6 or studies about the lack of segmentation in the IPv6 network but only some mentions.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My first must-read book of 2006 31 Jan. 2006
By Richard Bejtlich - Published on
Format: Hardcover
When I read and reviewed O'Reilly's IPv6 Network Administration by Niall Richard Murphy and David Malone, I called their book "a must-have book for all network administrators." Upon seeing Apress' Running IPv6 by Iljitsch van Beijnum, I wondered if I would waste my time reading and reviewing another book on IPv6. Now I'm glad I digested Running IPv6 -- it's my first must-read book of 2006. The books are complementary, so I recommend them both.

Three years ago I read and reviewed van Beijnum's book on BGP, which I liked while thinking it was somewhat terse. In Running IPv6, van Beijnum strikes the proper balance between explanatory language and technical details. Every chapter in the new book taught me something useful. In Ch 1 I liked comparisons involving IPv4, IPv6, IPX, DECnet, AppleTalk, and OSI CLNP. In Ch 2 I enjoyed sections on using 48 bit MAC addresses in IPv6 addresses. Ch 3 featured tips on the "on-link" assumption. As would be expected in a book by a BGP expert, Ch 4 provided lots of guidance on routing IPv6. Ch 5 included history on the evolution of DNS for IPv6, with RFCs 1886 and 2874 competing for primacy.

Ch 6 covered issues that applications might encounter when handling IPv6. Ch 7 introduced the "HD ratio," which estimates the point at which the effort required to manage increasingly "used-up" address space suggests that expanding it would be more efficient. Ch 8 mentioned the headaches caused by automatically generated, multiple MAC addresses for IPv6 multicast. Ch 9 scared me with use of the multicast ping for host discovery. Ch 10 was the first time I saw an effort to show how to use Tcpdump with IPv6.

I had no real issues with Running IPv6. I found a few production errors and typos that can be fixed in later printings. All are obvious, except the use of the word "maximum" in the first sentence of the last paragraph on p. 153. (I think that should be "minimum.")

Like IPv6 Network Administration, I liked van Beijnum's attention to command syntax for multiple OS' -- especially FreeBSD. He even covered Cisco and Juniper in the same book. Since I suggest reading the O'Reilly and Apress titles, I recommend reading the former first and the latter second. Van Beijnum's book is best read by those with a little more exposure to IPv6, but it can certainly stand alone if need be.

If you plan to ever have anything to do with IPv6, you must buy van Beijnum's latest book. Bravo.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars how to go from IPv4 to IPv6? 5 Jan. 2006
By W Boudville - Published on
Format: Hardcover
IPv6 has been brooded over for a decade by various Internet groups. This book shows its present incarnation. It has grown very sophisticated; well beyond a simple vast expansion of the address space from 32 bits to 128 bits. So the text talks about the various tunnelling and routing options that become possible under it, that are unavailable under IPv4.

Yet to me the most interesting section of the book is the chapter on transitioning from IPv4 [the current Internet] to IPv6. Every other technical issue about IPv6 pales in comparison to this quandry. The author gives the best value in the book in this chapter. He shows firstly that IPv4 will inevitably exhaust its space. Though he prudently refrains from speculating when that might be. The transition must also be incremental. No one expects a swift global change to be realistic.

Then he explains that the modes of transition come down to analysing only 4 communication models for most common web usage. Namely email, Web browsing and two types of peer-to-peer usage. Examples of the latter are VoIP and BitTorrent.

From the models, we see the necessity for using a proxy or address translation to handle the transition. An especially clear analysis.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to build a Lab with IPv6 this is a must have book 8 Mar. 2006
By Edward Horley - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I've have been working on an IPv6 lab and Running IPv6 is a great reference for setting up OS and router configurations. Excellent material in a short compact format with no bull or filler. I have to say this is the best IPv6 book I have read so far. It is also the most up to date of the books considering all the RFC changes that happen for IPv6.

If you are looking for something that is clear and to the point about how to USE IPv6 then this is it. There are plenty of other books out there that go into the theory and design which might be better suited for studying (Joseph Davies - Understanding IPv6 or Regis Desmeules - Implementing Cisco IPv6 Networks) but if you want to get an IPv6 network running NOW then Iljitsch van Beijnum book is for you. Kudos for writing a great practical IPv6 book.

- Ed Horley
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential IPv6 Reference 8 Jun. 2007
By Dan McKinnon - Published on
Format: Hardcover
'Running IPv6' by Iljitsch van Beijnum is an essential reference for any IT people who are looking to:

1. Upgrade from IPv4

2. Learn more about the IPv6 standard

3. Want to configure and set up IPv6

This book covers Windows, Mac, Free BSD, Linux, Cisco routers, DNS and bind... the whole shebang

Not written for a novice, this book assumes that you have knowledge of IP-related material and are not reading this book simply for "vacation reading". In a niche market this book scales its way to the top of the moutain.

Great resource!!

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